About the LSF

In 2005, the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria endorsed a print resource developed by the Catholic Education Offices of Melbourne and Sale in partnership with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and titled Leadership in Catholic Schools: Development Framework and Standards of Practice.

 

More recently and henceforth referred to as the Leadership Standards Framework (LSF), it continues to be a valuable resource for leadership development in Catholic primary and secondary schools in Victoria, connecting the work of leaders and the core functions of schooling within the context of Catholic Church values and beliefs and the mission of Catholic schools in their communities.

The Leadership Standards Framework sets out to cultivate the leadership potential that exists within the system and has two main purposes which are to encourage teachers to aspire to leadership and to guide their professional learning and development and furthermore, to unite Catholic schools around a vision of agreed leadership practices.

The development of the LSF has been influenced by two major trends emerging over the past two decades that emphasise the need for new kinds of leadership in schools focusing on successful student learning and the movement towards standards-based professional development and accountability. As evidenced in the literature, it remains clear that many teachers who do not hold formal leadership positions do in fact exercise leadership. Consequently, the LSF has been developed to recognise and support the further development of any teacher engaged in educational leadership, regardless of their role or position.

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